Not as it appears

Luke 8:14 KJV  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Many things in our world seem to be real; however, it is only the appearance.  Television will put things in front of a green screen so that they can put any kind of background with the actors.  They use the green screen more than we might think because they use it for the weather or any other scene where a person’s life might be in real danger.  I know that I shared this verse earlier but it is here in Luke and I thought that it was relevant again.  Can a person’s life not be what it seems?  Can a person merely look like a Christian and live a life that contradicts the commands of the Word of God?  Is it possible to hear the Word, attend a Christian church, and still allow the world to choke out any fruitfulness?  I believe it is more common than you might think.  I do not believe that there is anything more that breaks my heart than to see a Christian not representing Jesus in their attitude, behavior, and daily walk. I know that we are not perfect; however, some just do not seem to care about living for Christ in their daily activities.  Notice that Jesus did not say that the world would choke the plant so that it died.  It only choked the plant so that it would not be fruitful.  The plant still appeared normal; however, it was only an appearance of life or a facade.  I wonder if Jesus desires that we just be the “appearance” of a Christian or to actually live out our lives for Jesus and His glory?  It is easy to get our eyes off Jesus and place our desires upon things of earth; however, we must fight this temptation.  Have you heard the Word?  Has God’s Word gone deep into your life?  Is it your desire to live for the Master?  You may be asking yourself, “How am I supposed to know if I am not fruitful and only have the appearance of being a Christian?” I believe that this type of question may be answered by looking into our life and seeing which one that we represent the most. Does our live resemble Jesus or the society around us?  May our lives be rich in God’s grace and abundant in His fruit flowing from our life.  Dear Lord, help me to resemble You and bring forth much fruit in my life.


Marcus Riggs


Is he deaf?

Psalms 66:16-20 ESV  Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.   (17)  I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.   (18)  If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.   (19)  But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.   (20)  Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!

Is God deaf?  Have you ever prayed for something and it did not happen or come to pass?  Have you ever wondered as to why it did not happen?  Solomon gives us a little bit of insight as well in Proverbs 28:9 ESV “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”  The psalmist states that if he hides sin within his heart then God will not listen to the person praying.  Solomon is stating that if one does not listen to God’s Word then that person’s prayer is even an abomination to God.  James also instructs in this manner in James 4:3 ESV “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”  James states that a person does not receive because when they ask for things the real motive is a selfish motive.  If a person did not care to live for God nor to follow His Word then why would they be praying?  It seems to me that this type of person desires to have their cake and eat it too.  They desire to live in such a manner that is against God or self-fulfilling; however, they want God to help them when they are in trouble. I think that I will listen to the psalmist as he gives his reason just as to why God hears him in Psalms 66:16-17 ESV  “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.  (17)  I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue.” The psalmist’s desire was to fear God and praise His glorious name.  I do not know about you; however, I desire for God to hear me and move in my situations so that His name will be glorified, How about you?


Marcus Riggs

Outside Sales Consultant: Savannah, GA

Halifax Linen Service, Inc.

Halifax Linen Service, Inc. is looking for an Outside Sales Consultant for our Savannah, Georgia location!

This person should have proven experience in prospecting, qualifying, and developing new business in a targeted marketing area.  They will offer advanced linen and uniform solutions to customers with the primary focus being on developing new business within their territory.  Halifax Linen offers a competitive base compensation, aggressive commissions and a quarterly bonus plan.  Additionally, we offer a company car, benefits and expansive support.

The ideal candidate for this position has five to seven years of proven sales experience working independently from a home office to develop new business in a targeted territory. Industry-related experience or experience in developing customers in a business to business sales scenario would be a plus.  The ideal candidate would be self-directed, results-oriented sales professionals with proven territory management experience.  The outside-sales consultant must have a strong work ethic, competitive spirit, effective sales skills and a willingness to work independently in a competitive marketplace.  Must haves include excellent communication skills, good time management, professional dress and behavior.

Halifax Linen Service, Inc. is a DRUG FREE workplace.

A Determined Heart

Acts 12:1-4 ESV  About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church.  (2)  He killed James the brother of John with the sword,  (3)  and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.  (4)  And when he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.

I get a magazine and emails from The Voice of the Martyr on a regular basis. To see what Christians around the world go through because of the name of Jesus would horrify you. There are people who are threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and killed for being a Christian in the world today. The amazing part of the story is to see that the persecution does not deter the Christian but emboldens them to worship more, pray more, evangelize more, preach more, and do more for the cause of Christ. What would make a disciple willing to die for Jesus? If you will remember the disciples in the Bible deserted Jesus in the garden and hid because of fear. They lived in fear because they knew that they would do the same thing to them that they did to Jesus. However, something has changed as we see in Acts 2:14 ESV “But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them…” Peter was addressing the crowd that had gathered outside of the upper room after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Peter goes on to tell the crowd that they need to call upon the name of the Lord to be saved and that they were the ones that crucified Jesus. How can Peter be so bold when he was just hiding for his life? The crucifixion, resurrection, glorification of Jesus, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit changed Peter from a trembling scared little man into one who is willing to die for Him. Actually, history tells us that all but John were killed for standing up for Jesus. Is Jesus that real to you today? Have you felt the closeness of His presence? Have you experienced the comfort of His love? What does Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection mean to you this Easter Weekend? I know not how it affects you; however, Jesus has changed my life forever and I am His, period! It matters not what this world can do to me…Just give me Jesus! He is the only reason for life. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Do you know Him as your Lord and Master? Has the resurrection changed you? I do hope that you have a wonderful Good Friday and Easter Sunday Celebration as you worship Him and thank Him for the life that He has given to you.


Marcus Riggs

It is written…..

Luke 4:4 (ESV) And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.'”

Luke 4:8 (ESV) And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'”

Luke 4:12 (ESV) And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'”

There are a few things that I have found out to be very true in life. I think that I remember people telling me this when I was younger; however, I thought that they just didn’t know what they were talking about. I remember hearing the phrase “You are what you eat!” HOWEVER, when I was in grade school you could get a package of two Krispy Kreme doughnuts and they would warm them up in the microwave until they were just right. Then I remember at 5th grade they would make the most amazing cinnamon buns for a dollar (I would get two). It was no wonder that I had and still have a major battle on my hands because I would feed my body the most horrible things. Spiritually, I wonder why people think that they can become spiritual giants and see a mighty move of the Holy Spirit in their life when they feed their body junk food on immoral television shows, junk on the internet, and other worldly trash. Jesus illustrates to us the only real way towards spiritual victory when you are being attacked. Jesus simply stated, “It is written!” Notice that Jesus did not use the latest philosophy but simply restated the Word of God. If you are going through a battle then locate Scriptures that relate to your situation then simply speak God’s Word. I know that none of us are Biblical scholars; however, we should read God’s Word every day. I am grateful if you are reading this post and I hope that these emails are a blessing to you and it either encourages or challenges your spiritual life. But if this email is the extent of your devotional life then you are going to be spiritually weak and you might have great difficulty walking victoriously in Christ. I challenge you to pick up God’s Word and read it. Read it as a love letter from God because He desires for your life to be transformed in the way that is best. Allow His Word to challenge you, change you, inspire you, transform you, and empower you so that you can be the man/woman of God that God desires.

Marcus Riggs

A beautiful testimony

Luke 1:76-79 ESV  And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,  (77)  to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,  (78)  because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high  (79)  to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Zacharias spoke these words underneath the anointing of the Holy Spirit about his son John that was just born. I read this portion of Scripture and thought that was one of the most beautiful testimonies that I have heard about a person. John was supposed to prepare the hearts of the people for the ministry of Jesus. It is like John is to be the farmer who prepares the soil so that the seed can grow and bring about a great harvest.Because God is the God of mercy and grace then John was going to lead those who were in darkness and lead them to a place of peace. However, this should not be just the testimony of John should it? Ask yourself…Do I desire to see people saved? I hope that you answered in the affirmative. However, there is a deeper question…Do you desire to be used to lead people to Jesus? There are ones for some reason or another think that leading people to Jesus is for the professional ministers. God desires to use each of us for His glory in our everyday living, producing fruit, and leading people to the Master. I think that the greatest thing that we can do as a Christian is begin to pray for the lost every single day. I would like to challenge you to make a list to remind you every day to lift up the names to the Lord in prayer. Begin to plead for the sinner’s heart to God that the power of the Holy Spirit will lead them to Jesus. I downloaded an easy prayer program called “Echo” that helps me pray for each that is upon my heart. One way that we can look at it is that this is the reason that Jesus as it is stated in Luke 19:10 ESV “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” If this is the reason that Jesus came then this gives me my marching orders and I must be used. May God use each of us to prepare hearts to meet Jesus so that they can leave the darkness and find the way of peace.


Marcus Riggs

Marcus Riggs

Marcus Family Photo

Three years ago Marcus Riggs was a pastor in Princeton, North Carolina and felt called to resign.  Not knowing where he would be led, he took a leap of faith.  Shortly, thereafter one of the members within his congregation said that he had a part time position with Halifax Linen that Marcus would be perfect for.  Marcus began working with our Paper Products here at Halifax Linen and a little over a year later became our Chaplain as well.  Before Marcus became Chaplain, Mrs. Haddie read scripture in the front office every morning.  Well, at some point Mrs. Haddie retired from her scripture reading and this coincided with Mr. Riggs vacation so he began sending out daily scripture messages with a little blurb.  Well, those messages were so powerful, when he came back to work he was assigned a new job, Company Chaplain.

When asked what Marcus would like to be known for his answer was simple and profound all at the same time. “Marcus knows Jesus and Jesus is Marcus’s life.  In every sermon that I make, I preach from the heart.”  He goes on to say that the way to bring people to Christ is by leading them with your heart.  In creating his sermons he thinks of conversations that he has had with people, taking current events and calling on the Bible to help answer questions.

With deep roots in Eastern, North Carolina and even deeper roots in the Pentecostal Holiness Church Marcus Riggs was destined to be a pastor according to his momma.  Call it mother’s intuition or a sign from God, she can remember standing in their home church, looking down at Marcus who was an infant at the time, and just knowing that he was going to be called into the Ministry one day.  So, it was no surprise to her when 20 years later young Marcus came to her after a night of adolescent misbehavior to tell her that he was giving his heart back to the Lord and that he had been called into the ministry.  The only person that seemed shocked by the Lords decision to call upon him was Marcus himself.

Partnering with Marcus in life and in marriage for the past 21 years his lovely wife, Sherin has stood by him thru it all.  Sherin and Marcus have been blessed with two children Natalie 16 and Nathaniel 10.   Not only does Sherin home school Natalie and Nathaniel but, she also helps to maintain their busy sports schedule.  Natalie is an avid volleyball player with Cornerstone Christian and Nathaniel plays baseball with the Cal Ripken Baseball League here in Roanoke Rapids, NC.

In 2013 Marcus finished his Masters Degree in Theological studies and is now attending Liberty University for his Masters in Professional Counseling.  Upon graduation he is hoping to use his degree to allow people to use the church for all things the way they once did.  One of the most admirable things about Marcus to me is that he is truly willing to do whatever the Lord calls him to do.  He is hoping that it will be close to Eastern, NC or VA but knows that it could be anywhere and is fine with that.

I know that we here at Halifax Linen will be sad for Marcus to leave us when the Lord calls him off to his next post, but we know that we have been blessed by our time with him, however long it is.  What an amazing plan God has for all of us.